Voices From the Farm: We Survive Our First Winter

In her last installment, our Minnesotan shepherdess, Lea McEvilly, with no idea how to build a fence and shorter than most of the posts, simply did it! This time we learn what winters in Minnesota mean for farmers; a good root cellar makes all the difference!
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Voices From the Farm: It's All about Sheep!

From the frozen hills of southeastern Minnesota, not far from the intersection of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, we got an email recently from Lea McEvilly, 84, shepherdess. After nearly 46 years of raising and caring for as many as 300 sheep on 80 acres with just the help of her dogs for most of those years, Lea is selling her last remaining flock.
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Rice Goes Wild – Minnesota’s Harvest

Growing and harvesting wheat in much of eastern Washington and western Montana has become part of the “culture of agribusiness.” Endless fields of grain planted and harvested by armies of machinery are tributes to the culture of big. On small lakes in northern Minnesota, a different kind of wheat is harvested in near silence. Every fall, the Ojibwe tribes harvest rice by hand, from canoes.
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